Thomas Woolner, c. 1865
by an unknown artist
gelatin silver photograph (backing sheet: 25.6 x 22.6 cm, image: 8.7 x 6.8 cm)
Thomas Woolner (1825–1892) was a Royal Academy-trained sculptor and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who came to Australia in 1852 thinking he might make his fortune on the goldfields. He ended up having more success as an artist, completing a number of significant portraits and commissions before returning to England in 1854.
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009
Accession number: 2009.137
More about the artist and subject
Magazine article, Portrait 22
In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery acquired a splendid portrait of Victoria's first governor, Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe by Thomas Woolner.
Permanent collection catalogue
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